Yana Wana’s Legend of the Bluebonnet

Yana Wana’s Legend of the Bluebonnet
by Maria Rocha
and Roxanne Schroeder-Arce
with music by Héctor Martínez-Morales
Directed by Rudy Ramirez
October 3-12, 2019

Thirteen-year old María is having trouble in school, so her Mom sends her to stay with her Coahuiltecan grandmother in Laredo. There, María is told the ancient story of young Yana Wana, who followed a revered deer to find water and save her people. Yana Wana’s story exposes and amazing and unknown ancestral connection to the bluebonnet that gives María a renewed sense of self and family pride. A beautiful and original play that illustrates the power of heritage and the value of one’s own story – especially one as ancient as the petroglyphs of Texas.

Public Performances:

Friday, October 4th 7PM (Austin, TX)

Saturday, October 5th 11AM; 2PM (Austin, TX)

Sunday, October 6th 11AM; 2PM (Austin, TX)

Friday, October 11th 7PM (Austin, TX)

Saturday, October 12th 11AM; 2PM (Austin, TX)

Wednesday, October 16th 7PM (San Marcos, TX)

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Children under 12 year $5
Students 13 and older, veterans, elders $10
General Admission $15
Reserved Seating $20

Running time: approx. 50 min; no intermission

Performances October 4th-12th
Emma S. Barrientos
Mexican American Cultural Center
600 River Street, Austin, Texas 78701

Free parking at the theatre. Please be sure to get a parking pass from the attendant on duty when you arrive at the theatre.

Performances October 16th
Goodnight Auditorium
1301 TX-123
San Marcos, TX 78666


If you are interested in bringing your students to see this performances; please CLICK HERE for more information!


This project is supported in part by the City of Austin Economic Development Department, the Texas Commission on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the San Marcos Arts Commission.


Swimming While Drowning

Teatro Vivo proudly presents Swimming While Drowning by Emilio Rodríguez, presented at the Emma S. Barrientos-Mexican American Cultural Center, directed by Alexis A. Arredondo.

Angelo and Mila are fifteen and homeless. Angelo is a dreamer, and Mila is a streetwise realist. But when they become roommates at a shelter for LGBTQ teens, they build a fragile bond that inspires them to reach for understanding and self-acceptance.  Emilio Rodriguez’s poetic coming-of- age story celebrates the healing power of hope, and the beautiful mystery of being a teenager.

July 11-21, 2019
Emma S. Barrientos – Mexican American Cultural Center
600 River St, Austin, TX 78701

Thursdays through Saturdays at 8pm
Sundays at 2pm

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Emilio RodriguezEmilio Rodríguez began his theatrical career at the age of 2, performing one-kid adaptations of The Wizard of Oz in his parents’ living room using a broom, a funnel and his mama’s high heels. Since then, his plays have been performed in Texas, California, Oregon, Minnesota, Michigan, and Florida. Some of his career highlights include being part of the inaugural Carnaval Festival of Latinx Playwrights, being the inaugural Michigan playwright for the Mitten Lab, being the guest playwright for the Theatre Kalamazoo festival, and being part of the anthology Scenes for Latinx Actors: Voices of the New American Theatre.  In 2018, Emilio was awarded the Robert Chesley/Victor Bumbalo Foundation award for LGBT playwrights and the Kresge Artists in Detroit grant for playwriting. Earlier this year Emilio was invited to be a guest judge for the KCACTF Midwest Region playwrights. Of all his accomplishments, Emilio’s most memorable accolade is the time a cashier at Panera gave him a free meal because the cashier liked Emilio’s play Mamacita. Emilio was a featured playwright of Teatro Vivo’s 2016 Austin Latino New Play Festival.

This production is supported in part by the City of Austin Economic Development Department, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Texas Commission on the Arts.

Teatro Vivo Announces Playwrights of the 2019 Austin Latino New Play Festival


Andrew Rincón, Franky D. González, Christine Granados, and Christin Eve Cato Share Diverse Voices

Teatro Vivo is honored to announce the playwrights for the the 2019 Austin Latino New Play Festival. The festival is presented in collaboration with ScriptWorks, April 18-20, 2019 at the Emma S. Barrientos – Mexican American Cultural Center.

Now in its ninth year, the ALNPF unites playwrights and audiences in conversation surrounding four new works of Latino theatre. This year, the ALNPF features stories about generations lost to a problematic prison system, confronting heartbreak that is both recent and old, the challenges of becoming independent, and the realization that self-care never comes easy. All performances are “pay what you wish.” Tickets Now Available!BuyPlayTix button

That Rhythm in the Blood
By Andrew Rincón

Miggy, a young man experiencing heartbreak in his life, battles and rages with the ghost of his grandmother, Lucy, who lived through similar pain 40 years before. As Lucy pushes Miggy to move on with his life, grandmother and grandson travel through dreams, back in time to when Lucy first immigrated to the US. This play explores loss, loneliness, and the pain that travels down immigration and blood.

Andrew Rincón is a Queer Colombian-American playwright, writing stories exploring sexuality, Latinidad, and intersectionality in today’s political climate. He is a winner of the 2019 Chesley/Bumbalo Grant for writers of Gay and Lesbian Theatre, and is a Company member of Unit 52 at INTAR in New York.

Even Flowers Bloom in Hell, Sometimes
By Franky D. González

This story is an examination of the inmates within a system, trying to discover meaning in the face of isolation and doubt in one’s own worth over a 25 year bid. The play explores familial ties, love, race, inmate-correctional officer relations, the passing of time, and the succeeding generation of individuals who deal with the challenges of trying to avoid a life of crime, or resigning oneself to becoming a part of the system that swept up previous generations. 

Franky D. González is a Colombian-American playwright living in Dallas, TX originally from Queens, NY. He holds a BA in Theatre from the University of North Texas and serves as the Dramatists Guild Regional Representative for the Dallas – Fort Worth metroplex.

Inner View
By Christine Granados

Noelia Bustamante tries to negotiate her independence by announcing she is seeking a job outside the family. This is a bold step for the people-pleasing young woman. Although the family agrees she should seek the job and go to the interview, they insist on going with her, which is not what Noelia had hoped for.

Christine Granados was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. She is the publisher of the Rockdale Reporter, managing editor of Rock and Vine Magazine, and a reporter at the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post. Granados has taught writing at universities throughout Texas. Her second book of fiction, Fight Like a Man and Other Stories We Tell Our Children, was published by the University of New Mexico Press in 2017.

What’s Up With Marjorie?
By Christin Eve Cato

Marjorie is a young, 2nd-generation, Nuyorican-Latina woman who is in the process of adulting. Like most young Latina women, Marjorie is trying to survive in the confusing diasporic cycle of identity, while struggling with her daunting personal life. When she meets a man she starts falling for, her unresolved anxiety begins to really kick in. She soon realizes that working on your “self” is one of the hardest things to do- especially with a dysfunctional family and two enabling best friends, who all have deep problems of their own.

Christin Eve Cato is currently pursuing an MFA in Playwriting at Indiana University. Cato is affiliated with NYC theater companies Pregones/PRTT, INTAR Theatre (UNIT 52), and Rhymes Over Beats. Cato’s work is heavily influenced by Caribbean culture, the Afrolatino diaspora, urban/inner-city life, and preconditioned socio-economic demographics.BuyPlayTix button

This project is in collaboration with ScriptWorks, and is supported in part by the City of Austin Economic Development Department, the Texas Commission on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

2019 LTC Theatre for Young Audiences Sin Fronteras Festival and Convening

Teatro Vivo, the Latinx Theatre Commons, and the University of Texas at Austin, proudly present the 2019 Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) Sin Fronteras Festival and Convening. The Festival will share five TYA plays from the US and Latin America with children from throughout Central Texas, with daytime performances for schools, and additional performances open to the public. A concurrent LTC Convening will also gather artists, scholars, and educators from across the Americas to experience theatre with young people, and consider the needs and incredible capacities of our future audiences and theatre artists.

The festival and convening will take place at the University of Texas at Austin, and the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center.BuyPlayTix button


From L to R, top to bottom: Niños Que Fueron Grandes, Tomás and the Library Lady, Cenicienta, Epic Tales from the Land of Melanin, Coatlicue 2.0 “La Diosa Que Vino del Aire”


Niños Que Fueron GrandesLa Negra María Teatro (Santiago, Chile)
By La Negra María Teatro
Directed by Nicolás Valiente Blamey

We travel with four actors to recreate and imagine episodes of the childhoods of three Chilean teachers: Baldomero Lillo, Gabriela Mistral, and Manuel Rojas. Puppets and found-objects create the world of the play onstage before our eyes, making it easily accessible for English-speaking audiences. This production features original music. (Spanish)
Recommended age: 4 to 10

Cenicienta, Teatro Vivo and Glass Half Full Theatre (Austin, TX, USA)
by Caroline Reck and Rupert Reyes
Directed by Caroline Reck

Created in collaboration with Glass Half Full Theatre, Teatro Vivo, and ZACH Theatre, Cenicienta is an original bilingual stage adaptation of Cinderella. In this version, told through found-object puppetry, Cenicienta overcomes her stepfamily’s bullying on her own terms. Bilingual (English/Spanish)
Recommended age: 4 and up

Epic Tales from the Land of MelaninFEMelanin Collective, (Chicago, IL, USA)
Originally devised by Guadalís Del Carmen, Mariana Green, Brandi Lee, Maya Mackrandilal, Enid Muñoz, Alyssa Vera Ramos, Deanalís Resto, Ana Velazquez, and Teresa Zorić with FEMelanin
Directed by Alyssa Vera Ramos

Based on histories of real-life women of color and non-Eurocentric fairytales, Epic Tales from the Land of Melanin is an imaginative adventure tale of three young warrior-explorers taking on the world. Through audience participation, young audiences will help the heroes defeat evil forces while building community. Bilingual (English/Spanish)
Recommended age 12 and up

Coatlicue 2.0: La diosa que vino del aireCompañía TraZmallo Ixinti (México City, México)
by Daniel Loyola
Directed by Leonardo Villa

Through dance, music, mask and clown technique, Coatlicue 2.0 is a solo creation story of how the Aztec world came to be. We learn about legendary Aztec figures, such as Quetzalcoatl, Tezcatlipoca, and Coatlicue herself, the Aztec goddess who gave birth to the cosmos. Bilingual (Nahuatl/Spanish)
Recommended age 8 and up

Tomás and the Library LadyChildsplay (Tempe, AZ, USA)
Book, Music, and Lyrics by José Cruz González
Music Arranged and Performed by Adam Jacobson
Directed by David Saar

Based on the true story of Tomás Rivera and the book by Pat Mora, this play takes us on a journey with Tomás, the son of migrant farm workers. When Tomás meets the “Library Lady,” she recognizes his love of stories and encourages him to become a reader. This play explores literacy, migration, and self-esteem, all through music and storytelling. Bilingual (English/Spanish)
Recommended age 5 and up

Adapted from the book “Tomás and the Library Lady” by Pat Mora, illustrated by Raul Colón. Published by Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc.  

This project is made possible with the generous support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, HowlRound Theatre Commons, Emerson College, Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies, Texas Performing Arts, Childrens Theatre Foundation of America, University of Texas Theatre and Dance, Center for Mexican American Studies, Texas Cultural Trust, Center for Educator Development in the Fine Arts, ZACH Theatre, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, The City of Austin Cultural Arts Division, Texas Commission on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.screen shot 2019-01-18 at 1.42.53 am


WET: A DACAmented Journey

Teatro Vivo presents the National Tour of
A Cara Mía Theatre and IgniteArts/Dallas Production

Written and Performed by Alex Alpharaoh
Directed by Brisa Areli Muñoz

This is the story of what it means to be an American in every sense of the word except for one: on paper. It chronicles the journey of Anner Cividanis, who has lived his whole life in the United States as an undocumented American. The play captures the desperation that DREAMers feel when being forced to navigate through a broken U.S. Immigration System. This solo performance examines the emotional and psychological hardship one man has to endure in order to secure his livelihood in the only home he has known: Los Angeles. Alex Alpharaoh was recently featured in American Theatre magazine.

“I was asked recently, why do this project now, doesn’t this put you at risk?” says writer and performer Alex Alpharoah. “I’ve lived my entire life in the shadows, where it was cold, lonely, and dark. I never knew that there were people like me. If I would have known sooner that there were people in situations similar to mine, I would have felt a sense of comfort in knowing that I was not alone. I speak for those who cannot, who are too afraid, who have a language barrier, who are tired, and feel defeated, like I tend to feel on my worst days. I speak because at any day, they can end DACA and I can be right back to square zero. But, before that happens, I’m going to make sure you hear me.”

This production is part of a national tour, in partnership with Cara Mía Theatre in Dallas, Ignite Arts Dallas, and ArtsEmerson in Boston.

October 4-7, 2018
Thursday – Saturday 8:00 PM
Sunday 2:00 PM

Emma S. Barrientos
Mexican American Cultural Center
600 River Street
Austin, Texas 78701


Theatre Too (Cara Mía, Dallas, TX): Sept. 20-30, 2018
Destinos Latino Theatre Festival (Chicago, IL): Oct. 11 – 14, 2018
St. Joseph’s University (West Hartford, CT): Oct. 18 – 20, 2018
University of North Texas (Denton, TX): Oct. 30 – Nov. 3, 2018
Arts Emerson (Boston, MA): Nov. 8 – 25, 2018

Real Women Have Curves


Teatro Vivo proudly presents Real Women Have Curves, a bilingual comedy by renowned playwright and screenwriter Josefina López, presented at the Emma S. Barrientos-Mexican American Cultural Center, directed by Claudia M. Chávez.

While they work in a tiny sewing factory, a group of women talk about their husbands and lovers, their children, and their dreams for the future. Ana, the youngest among them, just graduated from high school and dreams of going off to college. Although she needs the money, Ana doesn’t like working at the factory and has little respect for her coworkers, who make fun of her. But she keeps going to work and slowly gains an understanding and appreciation of the work and the women. With an all-star cast including Martinique Duchene-Phillips, Gina Marie Hinojosa, Eva McQuade, Ana Laura de Santiago, and Minerva Villa, this hilarious and touching story celebrates real women, their power, and the incredible bond that happens when women work together.

August 3-19, 2018
Emma S. Barrientos – Mexican American Cultural Center
600 River St, Austin, TX 78701

Thursdays through Saturdays at 8pm
Sundays at 2pm

ASL Interpreted performance 
Sunday, August 19, 2:00 PM

Stage management by Magaly Olavarria
Set Design by Tomas Salas and Gerardo de la Cruz
Lighting Design by Patrick Anthony
Costume Design by Melissa Swartz
Sound Design by Fabian Duran
Graphic Design by Paul Del Bosque

About Josefina López:

Born in San Luis Potosi, Mexico in 1969, Josefina Lopez was five years old when she and her family migrated to the United States and settled in the East Los Angeles neighborhood of Boyle Heights. Josefina is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago,  has an MFA in Screenwriting from UCLA’s School of Film & Television, and has a Diplome de Cuisine from Le Cordon Bleu, Paris. Josefina is the recipient of numerous awards, including a formal recognition from U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer’s 7th Annual “Women Making History in Hollywood” in1998; and a Screenwriting Fellowship from the California Arts Council in 2001.  She and Real Women Have Curves screenplay co-author George LaVoo won the HUMANITIES PRIZE for Screenwriting in 2002, The Gabriel Garcia Marquez Award from L.A. Mayor in 2003, and the Artist-in-Residency grant from the NEA/TCG for 2007.  Josefina is presently developing the musical version of Real Women Have Curves for Broadway. Josefina is the Founding Artistic Director of CASA 0101 Theater in Boyle Heights which is celebrating it’s 15th anniversary. For more information please go casa0101.org.

Sangre de un Ángel

A play for the whole familia, inspired by true events.

Teatro Vivo presents Sangre de un Ángel
by Roxanne Schroeder-Arce
Directed by Si Mon’ Emmett

Teatro Vivo proudly presents Sangre de un Ángel  at the Oswaldo A.B. Cantu Panamerican Recreation Center. Ángel is a rebellious teenaged boy. Despite the efforts of his loving and supportive family, Ángel seeks the approval of his troubled friends and their crew. He is encouraged back to school by an auto-mechanics teacher who gives him the opportunity to rebuild a classic 1957 Chevy. Eventually, Ángel begins to open up to his family and a hopeful future, but trouble follows him home when angry young men come looking for him.

Sangre de un Ángel is inspired by the true story of Adam L. Chapa Sr., who was shot in his driveway by a teen gang member in East Austin on March 25, 1998.

“This play is especially important for young adults,” says Emmett, who is also a cousin of Adam Chapa. “Teenagers, teenagers of color most importantly, don’t often see themselves represented in professional theater in a way where we can see the multiple elements of their lives influencing their decisions. Their stories are important.” Sangre de un Angel is being presented to the public for free.

June 1 at 8 PM, June 2 at 4 PM and 8 PM, June 3 at 8 PM

Oawaldo A.B. Cantu Panamerican Recreation Center
2100 E. 3rd St, Austin, TX 78702

Teatro Vivo is a proud member of the Latino Arts Residency Program at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center. This project is sponsored in part by the Texas Commission on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, and the University of Texas Division on Diversity and Community Engagement.

Announcing the Playwrights for the Austin Latino New Play Festival 2018

Playwrights Augusto Federico Amador, Victor I. Cazares, Ramon Esquivel, and Dania Ramos Showcase Diverse Voices

Teatro Vivo is excited to announce the playwrights for the the 8th annual Austin Latino New Play Festival. The festival will be presented in collaboration with ScriptWorks, April 19-21, 2018 at the Emma S. Barrientos – Mexican American Cultural Center.

The ALNPF unites playwrights and audience members in conversation surrounding new works of Latino theatre. After each performance, the playwright participates in a talkback session with the audience. The ALNPF features four new plays by playwrights from throughout the U.S., including a play for young audiences. The four plays explore cross-cultural themes and dilemmas that surprise, challenge, engage, and push the dramatic envelope.

With support from the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures, the playwrights will join us in Austin to workshop and further develop their work.

Atacama by Augusto Federico Amador
Directed by Mary Alice Carnes

Thirty years after the dirty war waged by the General Pinochet regime on the Chilean people. Two strangers search the Atacama Desert for their buried loved ones and discover there are darker truths awaiting them underneath the hard sands of the Atacama.

Augusto Federico Amador was born and raised in the Silicon Valley and is the son of an accomplished Peruvian Jazz composer and an Austrian mother. Mr. Amador has recently been awarded the prestigious Lincoln City Fellowship from Speranza Foundation for playwriting. Atacama placed in 50 Playwright Project’s 2017 list of best unproduced Latino plays, as well as a runner up for the 2017 National Latino Playwriting Award from the Arizona Theater Company. His plays have been finalists or semi-finalists for several awards, including the Eugene O’Neill Conference, Princess Grace Award, Terrence McNally Award, Metlife Foundation National Latino Playwright Award, New Works Labs at Stratford, and the Lee Strasberg Theater, among others.

American (Tele)visions by Victor I. Cazares
Directed by Alexis A. Arredondo

The Canales family just can’t catch a break: The dad gets impaled with the TV antenna, the mom and Stanley the truck driver have run off with half their doublewide mobile home, the brother is dead and is reanimated by his gay Vietnamese lover, and Erica…Erica is a kids’s TV dinner tray with lots of sodium and dreams. You know, just your typical undocumented Mexican family living in the shadow of the first Wal-Mart in the history of the American Universe. Now please someone get them an HBO show. Elevator Pitch: “Estos Somos Nosotros” meets Super Mario NES.

Victor I. Cazares was born twice on paper: in El Paso, Texas and San Lorenzo, Chihuahua, Mexico. His plays have been read, developed, or produced at American Repertory Theatre, Amherst College, Brown University, New York Theatre Workshop, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Red Fern Theatre Company, and the Yale School of Drama. Cazares holds an M.F.A. from Brown University and a B.A. in History of Art from Yale University where he received a Josef Albers Fellowship and a Sudler Grant. He lives, forages, and produces his social media telenovela, El Amor en Tiempos de Trump in Portland, Oregon.

Dulce by Ramon Esquivel (A Play for Young Audiences)
Directed by Khristián Méndez Aguirre

A boy named Memo learns that Abuelita, his beloved grandmother, has died. Unsure of how to feel, Memo decides to find Abuelita’s hidden stash of candy. But his mother Luisa and older sister Ceci are too caught up in their own grief to help, so Memo turns to an unexpected ally in his search for the dulce: Abuelita herself! Memo journeys with Abuelita through her memories as a child in Mexico and a young immigrant in the USA, and he discovers that the true treasure Abuelita left for him is familia. A play for young audiences (ages 8+) and families, Dulce draws on both magical realism and slapstick comedy to tell a story about cultural identity, intergenerational ties, and learning how to say goodbye.

Ramón Esquivel is a playwright based in the Pacific Northwest. He teaches playwriting and theatre education at Central Washington University. In 2017, his play Luna was produced at the University of Texas and toured Austin-area schools. Luna is featured in Palabras del Cielo: An Exploration of Latina/o Theatre for Young Audiences, a play anthology from Dramatic Publishing. The Hero Twins: Blood Race, an original story inspired by Mayan mythology, premieres in April at Appalachian Young People’s Theatre in North Carolina. Above Between Below, a play about bullying, is currently touring middle schools in Washington and Oregon through a partnership between Seattle Children’s Theatre and Kaiser Permanente Educational Theatre. Dulce was the first play Ramón ever wrote, though it has never been produced. He is grateful for the opportunity to revisit this deeply personal work, and to share it with young audiences and families in Austin.

Hielo by Dania Ramos
Directed by Carl Gonzales

It is spring 2017 in Cayey, Puerto Rico. When Lucia’s hours at the local superstore are cut back, she decides it’s time to follow her dream of starting a homemade flavored-ice business. She enlists the help of her book-smart teenaged daughter, Alondra, and her resourceful best friend, Yamilet, but things heat up when the neighborhood piragüero feels that his livelihood is threatened. Lucia must consider what’s best for her neighborhood, her daughter, and herself.

Dania Ramos‘s stage plays have been produced or developed by Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre, Luna Stage, Writers Theatre of New Jersey, Speranza Theatre Company, and Repertorio Español. She has been a finalist in the MetLife Nuestras Voces National Playwriting Competition, the recipient of a New Jersey State Council on the Arts Playwriting Fellowship, and placed third in the 2017 Henley Rose Playwright Competition. Dania holds an MA in creative writing from Wilkes University and a BFA in theatre performance from Montclair State University.

This project is in collaboration with ScriptWorks, and is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department, National Endowment for the Arts, Texas Commission on the Arts, and by the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Ford Foundation, Southwest Airlines, and the Surdna Foundation through a grant from the NALAC Fund for the Arts Grant Program.



Las Aventuras de Enoughie

A fun, bilingual puppet play celebrating friendship and kindness.

January 19 – February 25, 2018
Saturdays and Sundays at 11 AM and 2 PM


Enoughie knows what it’s like to be different from other kids. So when his new friends Esme and Hector get into a misunderstanding, Enoughie guides them on a magical adventure where they learn to be kind, work together, and believe in themselves. Perfect for ages 6 and up!

Enoughie sabe lo que es ser diferente de otros niños. Cuando sus amigos nuevos Esme y Hector se meten en un malentendido, Enoughie los guía en una aventura mágica donde aprenden a ser amables, trabajar juntos, y creer en sí mismos.

Presented in collaboration with Teatro Vivo, Glass Half Full Theatre, ZACH Theatre, and the Kindness Campaign.

Opening Night January 19, 7:00 PM

Sign Interpreted and Sensory Friendly Performance January 27, 11:00 AM

Emma S. Barrientos – Mexican American Cultural Center
600 River St, Austin, TX 78701


This project is supported in part by the City of Austin Economic Development Department, Texas Commission on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

La Pastorela

The Traditional Holiday Favorite Returns to Austin
Regresa La Pastorela a Nuestra Comunidad

Teatro Vivo proudly presents La Pastorela, a bilingual holiday classic with a contemporary twist, presented at the Emma S. Barrientos-Mexican American Cultural Center, under the direction of Alexis A. Arredondo. La Pastorela follows a group of pastores (shepherds) traveling to Belén, where the angel San Miguel has told them that the redeemer will be born. In this retelling, a group of DREAMers embody the “pastores” and are working toward a hopeful future. Along the way, they encounter devils that try to stop them, while angels intercede on their behalf. The classic battle between good and evil is woven with current issues that are important to our community.

“Not everyone gets to go home for the holidays,” says Arredondo. “This year, La Pastorela gets its usual dose of fun loving angels, zany demons, and joyous music, but with a little message of hope thrown in about our people.” With humor, singing, and a live band directed by Clemencia Zapata, La Pastorela is sure to be a fun experience for the entire family.

Teatro Vivo orgullósamente presenta La Pastorela, la obra tradicional y bilingüe con un toque contemporáneo, presentada en el Emma S. Barrientos-Mexican American Cultural Center, bajo la dirección de Alexis A. Arredondo. La Pastorela sigue a un grupo de pastores que viajan a Belén, donde el ángel San Miguel les ha dicho que va nacer el redentor. En este recuento, un grupo de DREAMers personifican los “pastores” y están trabajando por un futuro lleno de esperanza. En el camino, se encuentran con demonios que intentan detenerlos, mientras los ángeles guardan a los pastores, en la batalla clásica entre el bien y el mal.

“No todos pueden regresar a su hogar para la navidad “, dice Arredondo. “Este año, La Pastorela recibe su dosis habitual de ángeles chistosos, demonios chiflados, y música alegre, pero con un mensaje de esperanza sobre nuestra gente”. Con humor, canto, y una banda en vivo dirigida por Clemencia Zapata, La Pastorela seguramente será una experiencia divertida para toda la familia.

December 7-17, 2017
Thursdays through Saturdays at 8pm
Saturdays and Sundays at 4pm

Emma S. Barrientos – Mexican American Cultural Center
600 River St, Austin, TX 78701

$15 General Admission; $20 Reserved
Children under 12 FREE with a donation of two canned food items
Menores de 12 años entran GRATIS con una donación de dos latas de comida

Thursdays are “Pay What You Wish” at theatre, available an hour before the show!

This project is supported in part by the City of Austin Economic Development Department, Texas Commission on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, and FuturoFund.